Archive for March, 2017

Tennessee Promise extended to adults.

by Dakota Makres


During the State of the State Address, Gov. Bill Haslam stated he will extend Tennessee Promise to adults seeking to enroll in a community college.

The adult students are required to fill out the required paperwork to attend Pellissippi. Aneshia Brown, financial aid coordinator at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, stated, “They [adult students] will be required to do an application, fill out a financial aid application and shot records just like the other students that apply.”

FAFSA is a form filled out by a college or graduate student. Tennessee Promise students are required to fill out the FAFSA form, which decides if the student is eligible for government financial aid assistance. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship. This means the financial aid money will pay a student’s tuition first, then the Tennessee Promise grant will pay the remainder of the tuition balance that financial aid does not pay.

The deadline for financial aid to be submitted for the fall 2018 semester is on July 1, 2018.  Brown advises to have all forms submitted before July 1, 2018, to make sure the student is prepared to begin in August 2018.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

New Criminal Justice program at Pellissippi

by Logan Quinton

There will be a new criminal justice program coming to Pellissippi this fall.

Judy Gosch, director of curriculum and new program development, said that this will be an associate of applied science program that will help propel students into the workforce upon completion. An AAS program offers students the specific skills and education required to get started in a career field.

Gosch stated that there is already a “great buzz” about this program. Prospective students and area businesses have received word of the potential program and are excited about future opportunities that both the students and companies can benefit from, she said.

More information will be posted in the upcoming catalog revised for the 2017-2018 school year. The target date for the release of the catalog is March 20. Gosch urges anyone who is interested to inquire by phone at 539-7233 or by email




Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Change in police presence at Pellissippi represented at the Magnolia Campus

by Shelby Verran


Pellissippi State has seen a change in recent years with a switch from a security department to now Campus Police. Rosalyn Tillman, Dean of the Magnolia Avenue Campus, explained some changes that can be visibly seen by students at her campus, as well as all other Pellissippi State campuses.

The policy for the number of officers has remained the same for Pellissippi Campus’, but there is a difference in the consistency of personnel because of the change from a contract security company to Campus Police. Now, instead of changing guards daily or weekly, the same guards can be seen each day. Dean Tillman said “This way you get to know them, and they know you.”

Magnolia student Katie Varner said, “[The Magnolia Campus] operates like a family unit.” The Magnolia Campus has had the least number of incidences out of all Pellissippi State campuses. In fact, for the years 2013-2015, Magnolia had zero reported crimes.

Tillman attributes the Magnolia Campus’ record to “the atmosphere that permeates the campus.” She attributes to the familiar faces of security officers that now walk the halls.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

New building being built for Hardin Valley Campus

by: Josh Witt

Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley Campus is expected to open a new multi-purpose building in the next two to three years.

The new building will contain classrooms, offices and science labs says Regina McNew, Pellissippi’s director of faculties. The building is expected to replace the portable classrooms and faculty lot that are outside of the Clayton Performing Arts Center and Goins Administration Building.

“Hopefully, with this building being built, we’ll be able to get rid of portables,” said McNew.

McNew expects the new building to cause a “domino effect” throughout the campus. Science labs in other buildings will be repurposed as classrooms, freeing up more space for specialized engineering and media rooms, as an example.

The Tennessee Board of Regents, who oversees Tennessee’s community colleges, has allocated $24.3 million for the project. The project is still in the planning and conceptualization phase, but McNew expects construction to begin some time next year.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

9/11 survivor to speak at Pellissippi

by Hunter Russell


9/11 survivor, Michael Hingson, will be speaking at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley campus on March 28.

Hingson has been blind since birth and has used a guide dog as an aid. Hingson was on the 78th floor of Tower One during the Sept. 11 attacks when his dog, Roselle, led him to safety.

In recollection of that day, Hingson states that he felt and heard a big explosion and then the building tilted. He heard debris falling and made sure the guests exited before him.

Hingson said he had a calming sense from God not to panic. It was his responsibility to know how to get to the stairs and Roselle’s job to make sure they walked safely.

Hingson has published a book about his experience titled Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero. The speech is funded by the Universal Pathways to Employment Project (UPEP) grant.

The speech will be at 2 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley campus. Admission will be free.

Hingson received a master’s degree in physics, had a career in computer sales and marketing and has joined Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, Calif. Hingson has spoken at many schools and events to spread his message of teamwork, trust and inspiration.


(Source: Michael Hingson;

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Luncheon held for Pellissippi students and alumni at University of Tennessee

by: Charlie Higdon

The University of Tennessee held a reunion for former colleagues and friends, and it was not even theirs.

Angela Pugh, the Development and Alumni Coordinator at Pellissippi State Community College in Hardin Valley, said a special luncheon was held at the University of Tennessee Visitor Center on March 10. It was held to celebrate former students and faculty of Pellissippi State.

The luncheon was sold out, and it intended to bring former students and faculty together to support the campus and get new students interested in Pellissippi. The alumni helped the Pellissippi campus by supporting student scholarships and becoming mentors and advisors for new students.

The luncheon meals were made and provided by students who are participating in the Pellissippi State Culinary Arts program. In addition, the luncheon gave an alumni award to Marilyn Harper, an associate professor of Spanish at Pellissippi, for her achievement in teaching.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Hip Hop Fitness at Magnolia campus

by Sandra Kapaya

Dr. Rosalyn Tillman from Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Campus talks about Hip Hop Fitness, a new event going on this semester.

Hip Hop Fitness is a series of work out classes. The class starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 12 every Thursday in the Magnolia fitness center. This work-out class was originally started by the Student Activities Board Club.

Hip Hop Fitness is a great way for students to exercise have fun, and socialize. This event is a great stress-reliever, it’s free, and it still utilizes the fitness center at the Magnolia Campus.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017